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Everything posted by 1515Art

  1. The new GPX6000 is a dream to use lite weight and quick setup, but despite the ability to shed the extra gear I find myself just swapping the detector (7000) and keeping most everything else. I need a place to hang my pick and my scoop, I prefer ear buds to anything else and Bose has the sound I like the sport types are comfortable all day long and this also lets me use the SP01 with a blue tooth receiver this again to me is a vast improvement in sound quality over headphones plugged into it directly. I have not tried the supplied wireless headphones probably I’ll give them a shot, but I find headphones uncomfortable even when it’s not hot. I’m even stuck with the guide arm, granted the 6000 is easy to swing but the guide arm allows so much more slow coil control I prefer to keep it, the bungee is the least useful when using the 11” coil in fact it almost adds to the load so if I use it at all it’s just there loose to hang the 6000 on if I am taking a break. this is my current setup, pick between my shoulder blades on a super magnet. Anyone else stuck with bad habits, lol.
  2. This is kind of what I suspected, but nice to know for sure. Seems like it should be easy but there’s a huge variety of sameness... the accumulation of garden rock progresses, lol.
  3. Hey Lunk, thanks for the pointers, I cut larger windows into the larger ones and they are not exactly like the smaller piece that has many small flakes. They are all very dense and resistant to the belt sander, two have a darker matrix with just a fleck or two and one seems mostly metal 75% guessing with metal laced into a tan whiteish matrix and some small crystallized structures visible on the outside. The metal on the exterior is black and oxidized and inside where it is polished it has both darker and more silvery reflections depending where you look. I can only guess what this is but they were down 8 inches or so and gave a solid signal on the 6000. this is the one with metal laced into the tan matrix.
  4. Yep, tiny piece... still better that the trash that came with it, in defense of the 6000 every detector made has covered that area including my 7000 with the stock 14 and the nf z search coil pulling blanks the last couple times there. this is some of the trash and some hot rocks that were pretty deep I’m assuming they are probably iron stone but they seem to have visible metal not sure I’ve seen that outside of the GB meteorites but these just don’t look meteoritic to me. Anyway really tiny trash and some deep rocks to go with my tiny gold.
  5. I made it out this morning for a couple hours and scored my first 6000 gold out in Arizona, my smallest piece ever found with a detector weighing a massive .05gram. It gave a clear repeatable signal and was down about and inch or two sitting against a small rock... now I need to find the other 1000 of its cousins.
  6. Shep, you been bumping it into to many big nuggets that’ll do it every time… Ace hardware sells a UV activated polymer glue, it looks like a regular super glue but is packaged with a little activator lite that looks like a little flash lite you’d hang on your key chain. Depending on what the repair is this stuff is pretty strong and instant. So far for me it’s worked good on everything I’ve needed to glue, you dab it on just like super glue and then shine the little lite on it and it instantly cures. It’s not what I’d use to patch a hole in a skid plate, but attaching stuff it’s great.
  7. This is a reminder for WSPA members to check the member business forum for important membership information.
  8. I got my second shot yesterday of the Moderna vaccine and so far feels the same as the first shot, nothing the first day and the arm is a little sore starting on the following day. I guess it can take up to a few days for symptoms to appear but so far no big deal, nothing.
  9. I believe the mineral I posted is Green Fuchsite with Red Garnet. There are some examples for sale on eBay, your piece looks particularly nice.
  10. What you have posted looks similar to this rock I bought at a roadside mineral store in Colorado a few years ago unfortunately I don’t recall what they called it. It was not expensive I think I paid a few dollars for this piece that is perhaps 8” across at the widest point.
  11. Ha, says the guy with enough gold rings and other shiny bits to open a chain of jewelry stores, you my friend make it look easy. I’ve found a few silver rings in parks, still have never found a silver coin with my detectors and I’ve yet to find a single piece of gold jewelry, I have a low trash tolerance park and beach hunting and my Deus loves trash. If I ever made it look easy it’s because I failed to mention the skunks between blindly stumbling across the occasional bit-o-happyness. Still, there are enough old bits of tin, bullet fragments and lead I know someplace lurking there must be a few prizes to be had. Thank goodness the occasional Little meteorite shows up I just wish they were a bit more valuable, a softball size chunk would be a nice reward for checking all those tin cans signals hiding just under the brush with the snakes and thorns.
  12. Thanks Jeff, truth is EMI, hot rocks and trash aside it’s just nice being out there, the little bits reward enough to forget the aches, pains and the persistent pebble in my boot.
  13. Thanks everyone, these didn’t come easy of course none of them do, this represents about 7 days out there starting early in the morning and detecting until the light fades, the last couple hours at the end of the day I try to be someplace detecting close to my Jeep on roads I know so I can find my way out in the dark. GB’s an easy 2 hour drive from home and I’m getting to know my way around a little, but it’s getting time to hit a few new areas.
  14. Made a couple runs out to Gold Basin recently and found some bits and pieces some with quartz, the larger specimen has a total weight of 19.8g and has somewhere around 1.5g of gold contained inside the small piece with quartz weighs in at .3g and the larger nugget is just under a gram.
  15. OK, thanks everyone for taking a look and taking the time to comment. My initial inclination was to Chuck-it the fractures in the desert varnish were the thing that was confusing so I appreciate the more experienced eye on this rock. I’ve been finding little typical Gold Basin specimens regularly they are fairly easy to distinguish from the surrounding earthly neighbors because of the free visible metal visible creating a window, these are a few recent finds.
  16. I spent a few days poking around the desert with the 7000 dodging a plague of hot rocks and hit a sweet signal on a hill top uncovering what I figured to be another chunk of desert varnished basalt on first impression? Dusting it off a little I wasn’t really sure just what it was so stuck it in my back pocket for a closer look later for if nothing else to better understand for next time. cleaning it up and looking closer, I’m really not sure? It’s about the size of a brownie and much too heavy for my 100g scale, it’s mildly magnetic, hard, dense, heavy, has no streak, easily takes a fine polish on fine grit stones, has what looks like a thin fusion crust, evidence of thermal shock and the exterior appears rounded/melted. I’ve looked through my books and past threads here and gone back and forth a dozen times of throw it in the pile or...????? this shows the polished window in this angle pictured together the polished window and natural fractured edges as found and a few more close up pictures
  17. My wife is over in Shanghai so I sent a couple of the OP’s pictures to her for an opinion, she’s very familiar with the This limestone and she thought it was indeed Taihu Limestone too. A few years back a small piece like that would have fetched a couple hundred dollars or more, since the pandemic prices have dropped. If it is legit, best if the OP’s not chipping off anymore pieces.
  18. Bob, I’m sorry I was just suggesting the OP’s specimen might be limestone, possibly old.
  19. Bob, are you saying no to similar formations collected in China, or just that it’s not a meteorite? The lake rocks are terrestrial the ones in museums and around the forbidden city being highly prized in China they would also be collected elsewhere in the Middle East as well as copies.
  20. I’ve seen rocks in shops and museums in China that look very similar to the one you posted, the color varies by the type of mineral and location of the deposit and some can be very valuable. Of course it’s difficult to tell from a photo and I’m not familiar beyond seeing these a few times but could this be something similar?
  21. Mmm... let me share, my first post here a meteorite I found metal detecting an iron nickel, perfect to my eye I could see obviously the melt pattern developed hurling through the atmosphere...no doubt about it. proudly posting here to find its secrets I asked the question, is this... Mike was first to respond, sorry looks nothing like a meteorite, in disbelief I took my prize in to a shop and had it XRF tested... exact match for metal used in the manufacture for military explosives, no doubt terrestrial. He’s right and if you read enough of the threads he’s right a lot. Take the good advise or drop a couple coins and have it tested... all part of learning
  22. nicootje, different locations favor different host rock and starting out everything can look the same, focus on known placer gold locations is a good way to begin. Download/buy placer deposits of...(location you want to hunt). This will outline the history of the deposit, give you information on the type of deposit and production and tell you something about your questions on host rock. Joining a prospecting club will put you on ground that while heavily hunted with persistence still produce and hunting an identified gold placer you can begin to get a feel for likely indicators, one of the easiest to identify being old and new evidence of mining. Look up the area on My Land Matters, the Diggings, more helpful information about gold deposits and land status you always want to be sure just for peace of mind the area you hunt is open to prospecting. Another very important consideration as I’m sure you follow fill all dig holes the area you search should show no trace of your activity when you finish hunting.
  23. I love the two I have one is a 3x9 rimfire Mounted on an old lever action from the 1950’s (the scope is new) and the others a 4x12 on top a CZ452 the glass is crystal clear and they have really good eye relief, they ain’t cheep though. More budget friendly, Ive got a vortex strike eagle 1x6 with illuminated red reticle that’s a lot less money and although not as good of glass I like the one I have, but hard to beat Leupold they’re great. Really nice to read your story on the great customer service and nice set-up that’s a beautiful rifle.
  24. Allen, I’m local in Las Vegas and might be able to help, I just picked up a Little Rock mill off eBay to crush interesting rocks found out metal detecting so I can pan them to see if there’s any gold (not yet). It’s powered by a small angle grinder and will take pieces up to around 2 inches in diameter also have an anvil, hammer and dolly pot to get the pieces down to size for the mill. I don’t know what quantity you have but I’m sure some sample material could be crushed to see if it’s worth going farther? I can’t promise you any great insight into your rocks or the geology but if you need some help crushing a little to see what you have shoot me a PM. Clark
  25. My finds for April/May, then the engine in my prospecting rig went Tango/Uniform.
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